MakingWaves – Water Week Special Edition; Water Management in the 1990s

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MakingWaves - Celebrate Water Week

Five Decades of Water Restoration and Protection

DEC's Division of Water invites you to celebrate Water Week with us as we highlight some of the milestones in each of the five decades since the first Earth Day in 1970.

Today’s topic: Milestones of the 1990s

Did you know?

  • In the 1990s, expanding environmental awareness led to an emphasis on preventing pollution, rather than just cleanup. Also, new ways of using technology emerged, such as the analysis of water data in Geographic Information Systems.
  • In 1996, New York State voters approved the $1.75 billion Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, which funded various environmental projects, including clean water, dam safety and flood control projects. It provided $495 million to municipalities and soil and water conservation districts for water quality improvement projects, including wastewater treatment and projects addressing nonpoint sources of pollution.
  • In 1997, DEC signed a landmark agreement with New York City to protect the largest unfiltered water supply in the United States. The New York City drinking water supply system provides approximately 1.2 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water to nearly one-half the population of New York State every day. In order to safeguard this irreplaceable natural resource, a comprehensive and innovative watershed protection plan was developed and is embodied in the historic New York City Watershed Agreement (MOA).

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Test your water history

What was the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) general permit issued in 1999 for the purpose of ensuring the proper management of agriculture waste from large livestock facilities? (answer below)

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